Mangrove replanting underway
Students replanting mangroves Picture by Christie Fernando,
Chilaw special corr.
A mangrove replanting campaign in the Puttalam district got underway
with the initiation of Wayamba Province Fisheries, Electricity, Housing
and Construction Minister Sanath Nishantha Perera. About 25,000 mangrove
saplings were planted on the Puttalam district lagoon side by
schoolchildren of 10 schools.
The minister provided Rs 500,000 to expedite the resuscitation of
depleted mangroves on the lagoon side in the Puttalam district. In 2011,
a similar programme was carried out in the district. Chilaw Zonal
Education Director P N U Nonis, school teachers and parents of children
also participated in the campaign.